Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Naima Boussofara

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2118
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

Dr. Boussofara, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Tunisia), Exeter University (UK), and the University of Texas at Austin (UT), is an Associate Professor of Arabic Studies.

She is an Applied Linguist and a Sociolinguist. Her general research interest is in the sociolinguistics of the Arab World and TAFL (teaching Arabic as a foreign language). Her primary research focus is on contact linguistics (multilingualism, bilingualism, codeswitching, and diglossic switching), and the socio-cultural foundations of linguistic choices in political and media discourse.

Prior to joining KU in 2000, Dr. Boussofara has had teaching experiences in the UK, at the University of Tunis, Cornell College in Iowa, and the University of Texas at Austin.


Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Texas

M.Ed., Education, University of Exeter

Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes Supérieures , Lettres Anglaises, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) & Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Ecole Normale Supérieure

Teaching Interests

  • Arabic
  • Linguistics
  • Islamic Studies
  • North Africa
  • Maghreb
  • Middle East

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language change and language variation in the Arab world
  • Linguistic choices
  • Political ideologies
  • Linguistic ideologies in political, religious, and media discourse Applied Linguistics: Teaching Arabic as a foreign language

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